Set against a marvelously atmospheric backdrop of the city in the months just before America's entry into World War II, Powell here offers a scathing and hilarious study of cynical New Yorkers stalking each other for selfish ends. At the center of the story are a wealthy, self-involved newspaper publisher and his scheming, novelist wife.Set against a marvelously atmospheric backdrop of the city in the months just before America's entry into World War II, Powell here offers a scathing and hilarious study of cynical New Yorkers stalking each other for selfish ends. At the center of the story are a wealthy, self-involved newspaper publisher and his scheming, novelist wife.Read Less
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Good. 1991-Paperback-Used-Good--Shows some shelf-wear. May contain old price stickers or their residue, inscriptions or dedications from previous owners in first few pages and remainder marks.-. -Hall Street Books proudly ships from Brooklyn, NY. All orders are processed and shipped within 24 business hours, Mon-Fri. Expedited shipping and tracking available within the US. Hall Street's No-Worry guarantee lets you buy with confidence!
As New. 978-1878274069. Marfree, acidfree Fine; no names, not marked-in, underscored, clearance or discard. Mails from NYC usually within 12 hours.; 0.75 x 8 x 6 Inches; 334 pages; From Publishers WeeklyHere's one to savor when you're feeling sour--a reissue of a 1942 novel teeming with egregiously opportunistic, social-climbing Manhattanites who see WW II as just one more cause to manipulate and who are appalled not by Hitler's barbarism but by his mean birth and bad manners. The narcissistic queen bitch of the hour (who Gore Vidal purports is modeled casually on Clare Boothe Luce) is Amanda Keeler Evans: she snatches a newspaper baron from his wife; achieves monumental success as a romance novelist after hubby's papers print rave reviews of the ghost-written book; and, subsequently, pontificates on politics without expertise but to great acclaim. Amanda even finds a way to use newly arrived Vicky Haven, an old chum from her anonymous Ohio past. Unbeknownst to Vicky, she's to serve as beard for Amanda's affair with Ken Saunders, an old beau whom Amanda doesn't love but whom she keeps on a leash to bolster her ego. But sparks ignite between beard and beau, the egotistical newspaper baron seeks revenge against an unfaithful wife and Amanda's empire threatens to fold like a house of cards. Period details are keen (in Vicky's apartment house: "At each landing was the conventional old-time niche designed for easing the passage of coffins up and down stairs"), and Powell's ( The Golden Spur ) spoof of the high and mighty still sizzles half a century after it was written. Copyright 1991 Reed. From Library JournalOriginally published in 1940, 1942, and 1954, respectively, this trio were reprinted by Vintage (Classic Returns, LJ 5/1/90) and the now defunct Yarrow Press (Classic Returns, LJ 4/15/91) in the early 1990s, when Powell experienced a bit of a resurgence only to disappear again. Like many of her works, these satirize New York's pseudointellectual elite. Powell is one of American...
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